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Helpers, Heroes and Liberators
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

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Spring 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, the death of Anne Frank, and end of World War II in Europe. To commemorate these monumental events which altered the course of history, The Anne Frank Center USA will present two special exhibitions and series of programs that honor the victims, survivors and “upstanders” of World War II—the helpers, heroes and liberators. By focusing on personal stories of Holocaust survivors and the righteous rescuers who helped so many, the Center will honor the memory and legacy of Anne Frank and all those who perished 70 years ago. These programs reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that new generations know this essential history and learn to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today’s world.

All commemorative events are free for Holocaust survivors

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The Helpers of the Secret Annex
A new exhibition designed in conjunction with the Anne Frank House

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

May 6 – December 30, 2015

Exhibit can be viewed Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Student and adult group tours available.
For more information, contact (212) 431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Opening reception Wednesday, May 6, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
The exhibition will be officially opened by Rob de Vos, Consul General of the Netherlands

The Anne Frank Center USA’s newly designed exhibition focuses on the brave individuals who provided food, clothing, medicine, books and magazines for the eight people hiding in the Secret Annex and who maintained the business of Otto Frank for two years. The exhibition will include letters, photos, artifacts, slides, large framed exhibit panels, and filmed interviews with Otto Frank.

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Our program season will continue in September with the following events


 

Girl at War by Sara Nović
Reading and book signing

Part of the Writing and Resistance literary series

Thursday September 10 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Zagreb, 1991. Ana Jurić is a carefree ten-year-old, living with her family in a small apartment in Croatia’s capital. But that year, civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, splintering Ana’s idyllic childhood. Daily life is altered by food rations and air raid drills, and soccer matches are replaced by sniper fire. Neighbors grow suspicious of one another, and Ana’s sense of safety starts to fray. When the war arrives at her doorstep, Ana must find her way in a dangerous world. Moving back and forth through time, Girl at War is an honest, generous, brilliantly written debut novel that illuminates how history shapes the individual. Sara Nović fearlessly shows the impact of the war on one young girl—and its legacy on all of us.

 

The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
Reading and book signing

Part of the Writing and Resistance literary series

Thursday September 17 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Join us for a special reading and discussion with acclaimed National Book Award finalist, Jim Shepard. His new novel, The Book of Aron joins the shortlist of classics about children caught up in the Holocaust, and was recently hailed a “masterpiece” by the Washington Post. Aron, the narrator, is an engaging if peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution. Jim Shepard has masterfully made this child’s-eye view of the darkest history mesmerizing, sometimes comic despite all odds, truly heartbreaking, and even inspiring. Anyone who hears Aron’s voice will remember it forever.

 

Scenes from The Diary

A Family Program to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Broadway production of The Diary of Anne Frank

Saturday September 26 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5

$20 for a family ticket (consisting of 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children)

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Scenes from The Diary is a condensed and insightful exploration of Anne Frank and Peter van Pels’ relationship in the Secret Annex. Comprised of scenes from The Diary of Anne Frank (Goodrich and Hackett, 1955) and monologues from Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, this performance will give audiences a better understanding of Anne and Peter’s dynamic relationship while in hiding in The Secret Annex. The AFC is delighted to welcome actor and director, Steve Press, who will direct the performance and discuss his experience playing Peter in the original Broadway production of The Diary of Anne Frank in 1955.